Brad Graves

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Recent Stories

Asterra Uses Satellite Data to Solve Engineering Problems

TECHNOLOGY: Detecting Water Underground Helps Authorities Manage Infrastructure

Conserve water. That is the call Californians have heard for years. An Israeli company with its North American office in Rancho Bernardo is taking a technological approach to helping authorities detect and fix pipeline leaks to save resources.

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LevitZacks Ranks as Top CPA Firm

LevitZacks, the Certified Public Accounting firm based downtown, has been named the Best Accounting Firm to Work For in the United States for the third straight year.

Ransomware, Data Breaches Put Cos. to the Test

CYBERSECURITY: Events Offer Numerous Lessons About Security, Incident Response

If a baseball team has a losing season, a typical response is to fire the manager. If a company or an enterprise experiences a ransomware attack or a data breach, does the organization do the same for the person overseeing security? Perhaps but not always.

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Pentagon Spending Amounts to $35.3 Billion

DEFENSE: DoD Funds Helped Region Weather COVID-19, Study Says

Pentagon spending in San Diego County grew more formidable during fiscal 2021, increasing 5.3% to $35.3 billion.

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ASML to Boost Staff, Fine-Tune Tech

CHIPS: Dutch Co. With Local Campus Forecasts Decade of Growth

Seeing fast and steady growth for its technology, ASML plans to grow its staff. With a San Diego workforce of approximately 1,500, the Dutch company that produces equipment for microchip foundries plans to grow its staff 10-15% in the coming year, adding approximately 140 employees in 2022.

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More Carrier Work for General Atomics

GA Making Parts for Aircraft Handling Gear in a $9.6 Million Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded General Atomics of San Diego a $9.6 million firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract. The deal covers components for the aircraft launch and recovery equipment being built into USS Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers.

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Plenty of Options to Study Cybersecurity

San Diego Programs Range From Master’s Degrees to Certificates

There is work aplenty in the cybersecurity space, with more jobs than people to fill them. Many people pick up experience in the military or on the job. Would-be workers also expand their knowledge through college.

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Sempra Gets Good Marks for Transparency

San Diego-based Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) has been lauded for its transparency, being named most improved overall in the 2021 U.S. Transparency Awards sponsored by Labrador.

Cybersecurity Field Has a Prime Opportunity to Diversify

TECHNOLOGY: In California, Tens of Thousands of Jobs Go Unfilled

Bad actors continue their assaults on the computer networks of corporations, governments and other enterprises, and the IT world is calling for reinforcements.

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Cybersecurity Forms Part of Region’s Defense Economy

U.S. Navy’s Information Technology Command Is a Major Force

There is a significant overlap between San Diego’s cybersecurity sector and its defense contracting sector.

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Vendors Help Workforce Stand Up to Phishing Attacks

CYBERSECURITY: Certain Education Efforts See Who Takes the Bait

Phishing never goes out of season. For hackers, it’s a year-round effort.

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Viasat Explores Use of 5G in Battle

Effort Funded by Information Warfare Research Project

Carlsbad-based Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) announced on Sept. 20 that it received two Pentagon contracts to conduct research that will examine the use and implementation of fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks in the battlespace.

Passwords Still Have a Place in a Connected World

CYBERSECURITY: Convenient and Maddening Method of Authentication Will Endure

The humble password is a central part of cybersecurity and is likely to remain so.

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Cubic Receives U.S. Air Force Work

Nuvotronics’ MARIA Electronics to Be Tested as Part of F-16 Upgrade

Cubic Corp. announced on Sept. 23 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nuvotronics, has been awarded a contract with Georgia Tech Research Institute to deliver test-asset electronics for the U.S. Air Force F-16 platform’s ALR-69A upgrade.

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Cybersecurity Details Matter

TECH: Providers Help Firms Shore Up Defenses

Being secure online frequently comes down to some very basic habits and practices. Strong passwords and multi-factor authentication go a long way toward helping people stay secure.

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Cummins and Achates Power Continue Engine Work

U.S. Army Awards $87M for Advanced Combat Engine Project

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced on July 31 that it received an $87 million contract from the U.S. Army to complete the development of the Advanced Combat Engine.

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Northrop Grumman Secures $39.8M Deal

Contract Funds Global Hawk Programs for Japan and South Korea

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $39.8 million modification to a previous contract for both the Japan and Republic of Korea Global Hawk Program.

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Viasat Concerned Over Space Debris

Says ‘Mega-Constellations’ Need Additional Regulatory Oversight

Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) is sounding the alarm about debris orbiting the Earth.

Port Mulls Zero Emission Plan

TRANSPORTATION: Focus Is on Air Quality

The Port of San Diego may mandate that by 2030, trucks hauling freight to and from the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal be Zero Emission Vehicles.

World Trade Center Seeks 15 Companies for Accelerator

NONPROFIT: Export Assistance Available Through Program; Application Deadline Is Nov. 15

San Diego small businesses have a new opportunity to enter the sprawling marketplace that is the world.

NASSCO to Study Oiler Construction

Navy Awards $25.6 Million Contract to Improve the Building Process

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $25.6 million modification to previously awarded contract for additional special studies and cost reduction implementation studies in support of the John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler ships.

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Shock Trials Test GA’s Carrier Gear

Contractor Makes Aircraft Launch and Arresting Systems

General Atomics’ aircraft launch and recovery machinery on board the USS Gerald R. Ford came through U.S. Navy shock trials and performed as designed, the San Diego business announced early this month.

BAE Systems Software Makes Sense of the World

TECHNOLOGY: Students Use Defense Product to Assess Fire Danger

When high school students near Denver wanted to study how fire-prone their part of the country was, they tapped a group of technical specialists 1,000 miles away at BAE Systems for help.

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Campaign Marks Hunger Action Month

Feeding San Diego has announced the launch of Cross Out Hunger, a campaign that calls attention to the issue of hunger in San Diego County during Hunger Action Month.

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Kratos to Supply, Support Target Drones

U.S. Air Force Contract Is Worth $338 Million

The U.S. Air Force awarded Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. a $338.1 million contract for subscale aerial targets.

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Qualcomm, Intel Get DoD Work

Goal Is to Produce Advanced Microchips on U.S. Soil

The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped Qualcomm Inc. and Intel Corp. to help it produce advanced microchips in the United States.

Aptera Looks Ahead to Manufacturing Phase

TECH: Designer of Electric Vehicles Hires Vice President of Production

Aptera Motors Corp., the Sorrento Valley company that hopes to mass-produce a three-wheeled electric vehicle that can be powered by the sun, announced a new hire recently. The business brought Pablo Ucar on board as vice president of production and procurement.

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Growth Spurt at Shield AI

DEFENSE: Valuation Now Exceeds $1 Billion

Defense tech specialist Shield AI reached unicorn status late this summer as $225 million in Series D funding pushed the company’s valuation above the $1 billion threshold.

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Nth Generation Goes the Extra Mile for its Workforce

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2021 Medium Business Winners

Nth Generation can best be described as a people-first company. In addition to delivering its best for its clients, the business puts a lot of effort into its employees.

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Seismic’s Valuation Hits $3 Billion

TECHNOLOGY: Co. Acquires Lessonly, Closes $170 Million Series G Round

Seismic Inc., the Carmel Valley company that offers software for sales professionals, said earlier this month that it has acquired Indianapolis-based training software maker Lessonly for undisclosed terms.

Kratos, GA-ASI Receive Contracts to Develop Skyborg

Air Force Program Allows Unmanned Aircraft to Fly With Piloted Counterparts

Kratos Defense and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems both received contracts for the Skyborg Vanguard unmanned aircraft project, which has taken its next steps toward becoming a program of record as soon as 2023.

Petco Quarterly Revenue Tops $1.4 Billion

RETAIL: Corporation Lifts Annual Guidance to at Least $5.6 Billion

Petco Health and Wellness Co. Inc. (Nasdaq: WOOF), the Rancho Bernardo-based pet supply retailer and services supplier, announced net income of $75.1 million on revenue of $1.43 billion for its second quarter, which ended July 31.

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Amazon Credited for Creating 4,000 Local Jobs Since 2010

RETAIL: Corporation Says It Has Pumped $2.3 Billion Directly Into Local Economy Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) recently offered some hard numbers about its impact on the San Diego region and the San Diego economy.

PNC Makes $20 Billion Commitment to Environmental Finance

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is committing $20 billion over five years in support of environmental finance. The commitment will inform its choice of lending and financing activities.

GA Delivers Gear For Aircraft Carriers

Company Awaits Contract To Equip a Fourth Flattop

General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems business unit continues on-time deliveries of its novel launch and recovery equipment for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation aircraft carriers, with more than 97% of the gear delivered for the second carrier and more than 25% delivered for the third.

Trio to Support Littoral Combat Ships

Austal, Epsilon, Continental Maritime to Split as Much as $345 Million

The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA, Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. and Continental Maritime of San Diego LLC indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple award contracts to support sustainment execution efforts for Littoral Combat Ships homeported in San Diego.

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Sempra Earns $424M in Q2, Has Big Plans for Texas

ENERGY: Capital Expenditures for Oncor Unit Rise to $14 Billion in 2022-2026

Sempra (NYSE: SRE), the energy company with a major focus on transmission and distribution in the southwestern United States, earned $424 million on revenue of $2.74 billion during its second quarter ended June 30.

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Viasat Quarterly Revenue Hits a Record $665M

TECH: Satellite Services Co. Forecasts Top Line Growth Through Early 2023

Satellite services company Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) posted record revenue of $664.9 million in the quarter ending June 30, the first quarter of its 2022 fiscal year.

Wiliot Series C Totals $200M

TECH: Products Report Temperature, Location

Wiliot has secured $200 million in venture capital to build its business of connecting everyday things.

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Navy Ship Named at NASSCO Yard

Fleet Replenishment Oiler Will Be First of Many Built in Barrio Logan

General Dynamics NASSCO’s fleet replenishment oiler program for the U.S. Navy passed a milestone in mid-July with the christening of the first ship in the class, the USNS John Lewis.

International Sales Occupy GA-ASI

U.K. Increases Order to 16; First Netherlands Aircraft Completed

Unmanned aircraft builder General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. offered updates on two international sales during July.

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Feeding San Diego Distributes 1 Million Pounds of Food

Through a series of free food distributions called The Together Tour, Feeding San Diego has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food. The distributions are scheduled to continue.

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More Chargers Needed for EVs

AUTOMOTIVE: Goal Is To Grow More Than 10x

San Diego County will need a significant increase in electric vehicle infrastructure — including 155,000 vehicle chargers — to support the state of California’s goal for the number of zero-emission vehicles to be on local streets by the end of the decade.

Deloitte Invests in Cybersecurity

TECH: Will Serve Federal Client With Acquisition

Deloitte increased the size of its San Diego operation by about 30% and augmented its capability in cybersecurity and systems engineering by acquiring privately held Sentek Global in a deal announced on July 26.

$150M Boost for Netradyne

TECH: Co. Monitors Vehicle Fleets, Drivers

Netradyne Inc., the UTC-area company that provides monitoring tech to delivery vans — and to the vehicles of roughly 1,000 other fleet operators — said in July that it received $150 million in Series C funding.

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Navy Region Gets a New Commander

Former Coronado Base C.O. Takes ‘Navy Mayor’ Post; Bolivar Retires

San Diego has a new “Navy mayor.” Rear Adm. Stephen D. Barnett relieved Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar as commander, Navy Region Southwest during a change of command ceremony on July 16 at Naval Base Coronado.

Ubiq Collects SBIR Award From Army

Cybersecurity Firm to Provide Next-Generation Encryption

Ubiq Security Inc., a cybersecurity startup based in Carmel Valley, announced on July 14 that it received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command.

GA-ASI to Build Aircraft for France

Remotely Piloted MQ-9 Is Called ‘Reaper’ by Other Militaries

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $79.4 million delivery order to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the France MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft procurement program.

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Northrop Grumman Division Fine Tunes Advanced Radio

TECHNOLOGY: Goal Is to Help Military Connect ‘Any Sensor With Any Shooter’

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) stood up a new division in San Diego this year, with a focus on advanced military radio communications.

Oberon, Los Alamos Produce Hydrogen Fuel

TECHNOLOGY: Business, Federal Lab Plan to Scale Experiment Dramatically

Little Italy-based Oberon Fuels has teamed up with Los Alamos National Laboratory to create a new way to distribute hydrogen fuel for the tanks of futuristic vehicles.

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